The Solution

COFASTRANS solves this problem by positioning the ship, which is the biggest and most valuable single element in the overall terminal delivery system, at the heart of the central working area, surrounded by port operations with direct access to the shoreside container stacks on both sides of the ship. This compares with the conventional arrangement where the vessels are at the periphery and restricted to access to only one side. The indented berth layout opens the way to relieve the quayside congestion that has been building up in recent years, with twice the area available for landing and loading containers to the ship. The innovative new portal crane makes this possible and, furthermore with 4 hooks per crane, places up to double the number of lifting spreaders over the ship, with the average trolley travel distance reduced by approximately 30m over the ship. This will typically result in 30-40% reduction in ship time in port and improved land utilisation, often in environmentally sensitive areas.

In launching the larger vessels the shipping lines have set the challenge. COFASTRANS picks this up and is targeted at the largest international container ports where one or more new berths can augment the existing operation and transform the performance and turnaround time for the largest vessels. New greenfield locations also provide a significant opportunity. This is all about a new layout with a novel crane rather than new ways of moving containers around on the ground. There have been and will continue to be many developments in that area and anything that can be applied to a conventional terminal can also be applied to COFASTRANS but with the additional benefit that the new layout will make it twice as effective.

With container ports across the world having very different natural layouts, constraints and requirements, there are several ways in which COFASTRANS can be implemented. This information has been distilled and focused on a number of generic arrangements taking into account the terminal cargo profile, storage and traffic constraints as well as navigational and berthing requirements for the vessels. A different bespoke solution will provide the optimum benefit for any particular terminal, whether it be a single indented berth to enhance an existing heavily invested terminal or a multi-indented berth transhipment hub. These various types of installation all have the potential to substantially improve efficiency of global container transportation in terms of time, cost and environmental impact on the world’s main trading routes.

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